Paint Contractor Bookkeeper Faces Charges
A former bookkeeper of a Syracuse, New York-area painting contractor has been charged with stealing nearly $700,000 from his employer, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.
Walter J. Dudas, 62, who had been working for Spensieri Diversified for several years, was arraigned in Town of Geddes court and sent to the Onondaga County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or bond, syracuse.com reports.
Deputy Kathleen Kruger, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said the company did a forensic audit on its finances in 2016 and, when it found inconsistencies, contacted the authorities.
Dudas had allegedly been writing checks from the business account and then cashing them. He was charged with second-degree forgery, first-degree falsifying business records, second-degree grand larceny and first-degree identity theft—all felonies. If found guilty of all charges, Dudas could faced a maximum sentence of 33 years in prison, according to New York State Law.
Dudas has since been released and is scheduled to appear in court on March 6.
A call made to Carmen Spensieri, the owner listed for Spensieri Diversified (which an internet search also refers to as Spensieri Painting LLC, Spensieri Painting Co and Spensieri Painting Co Inc.) for comment was not returned on Tuesday (Feb. 28).